Manufactured by U.S. Keds, these sneakers, sometimes called boots, were worn by William P. "Bill" Suitor when he served as a Rocket Belt pilot for Bell Aerosystems from March 1964 to June 1970. He made many flights, including flights on the Bell No. 2 Rocket Belt in the collections of the National Air and Space Museum.
Suitor donated these items to the Museum in 2004.
Gift of William P. "Bill" Suitor
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
- US Keds
- Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
- Exhibit Station
- Rockets & Missiles
- PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Footwear
- Overall, fabric; rubber soles, further treated by manufacturer with a special coating resistant to the hydrogen peroxide propellant of the Rocket Belt.; laces, fabric; eyelets and zipper, aluminum
- Clothing: 26.7 x 10.2 x 27.9cm (10 1/2 in. x 4 in. x 11 in.)